Crown Heights

The Crown Heights Riots: 25 Years Later

08/16/2016 - 22:07
Editorial

It was the most terrifying four days and nights in American Jewish history, reminiscent of Old World pogroms with nights pierced by shouts of “Kill the Jews” and “Heil Hitler”; roving mobs in Crown Heights throwing stones at Jews; police standing passively; gangs breaking into homes with mezuzahs while Jews hid in closets. One Jew was murdered; others beaten to a pulp; an Israeli flag was burned.

NYPD Investigating Eruv Vandalism As Hate Crime

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is taking over the case but is still looking for the perpetrators.

07/27/2016 - 16:49
Editorial Intern

The NYPD is officially investigating the acts of vandalism against the Crown Heights eruv (ritual enclosure) as a hate crime, DNA Info reported today .

NYPD is investigating vandalism against the Crown Heights eruv as a hate crime. Congregation Kol Israel

Vandals Strike Crown Heights Eruv Again

07/20/2016 - 00:30
Editorial Intern

Acts of vandalism against a controversial eruv (ritual enclosure) for the third time in the three weeks since it was erected have escalated hard feelings among observant Jews in several Brooklyn neighborhoods.

The Crown Heights eruv war has pushed into Park Slope. Congregation Kol Israel

Fight Over New Eruv Erupts In Crown Heights

Ritual enclosure battle pits growing Modern Orthodox contingent against Lubavitch chasidim.

06/21/2016 - 22:24
Deputy Managing Editor

In a sign of the demographic changes rippling through the Lubavitch stronghold of Crown Heights, a new eruv fight is pitting Jew vs. Jew.

The Greater Crown Heights Eruv, shown in gray, covers six times the area of the previous eruvim, outlined in blue and purple

Bus Set Ablaze In Front Of Crown Heights Jewish Girls’ School

05/09/2016 - 13:27

An 11-year-old boy was charged Monday with setting fire to a school bus outside a Jewish school in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

Crown Heights Yeshiva bus set ablaze in a suspected Arson. JTA

Photos: In Crown Heights, Purim Done Right

On Eastern Parkway, a festival of Megillah, mitzvot and masquerade.

03/25/2016 - 14:50
Staff Photographer

Eastern Parkway was flooded with festivities Thursday as Chabad's home base filled with children and adults alike deliving mishloach manot (gifts of food), matanot l'evyonim (giving money to the poor) and masquerading as characters from the Megillah and modern day marvels. 

Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights was bursting with Purim spirit Thursday. Photos by Michael Datikash/JW

Homeless Man Charged With Crown Heights Attack On Orthodox Jew

03/11/2016 - 10:20

Police arrested a 26-year-old homeless man they said had stabbed three people in New York over the past month, including an Orthodox Jew in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights.

Orthodox Jewish men walking near Chabad international headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. JTA

Fresh Fear In Brooklyn As Attacks Mount

Recent stabbing in Crown Heights is latest in string of anti-Jewish violence.

02/17/2016 - 08:26
Associate Editor

In Crown Heights, with the coming of the new month of Adar (Feb. 10), most everyone knew and was exchanging the old Jewish saying, “Adar comes, simcha increases.”

Elected and communal officials with the mother of stabbing victim Yehuda Leib Brikman at recent news conference. Via YouTube

Orthodox Man, 25, Stabbed In Brooklyn

02/11/2016 - 14:13

An Orthodox man was stabbed on a sidewalk in the Brooklyn neighborhood that is home to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s world headquarters.

An Orthodox man was stabbed on this block of Empire Boulevard in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn on Feb. 10, 2016. JTA

Secret LGBTQ Chabad Group Fills Void

Facebook group offering sanctuary and support to former — and current — members of the Crown Heights fold.

01/19/2016 - 22:03
Staff Writer

In many ways, Rivkah Procaccia appears much the same as other young Orthodox women in Crown Heights. Living in the heart of the Chabad Lubavitch chasidic enclave, the 26-year-old observes a modest code of dress, only dines at kosher restaurants and strictly observes the Sabbath.

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